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REMAINS OF MISSING WWII SOLDIER RETURN TO CALIF.: SAN BRUNO (AP) - A California soldier who died during World War II will be buried near his boyhood home this week after the former Marine's remains were discovered on a remote island in the South Pacific.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Judge clears governor's tax for top billing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A judge on Monday cleared Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative for top billing on the November ballot by rejecting a challenge from a competing tax campaign. The decision drew a new appeal from anti-tax advocates.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Trial under way in deadly 2003 wildfire that killed 5, burned hundreds of homes

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A prosecutor said Monday a man who was angry about being thrown out of a house where his family was staying was guilty of murdering five people who had heart attacks after he deliberately torched a hillside and started a raging wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Metal thieves take SF park bleachers

July 09, 2012 | | State


Yosemite historic bridges under siege

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Perhaps no river crossing in Yosemite Valley has been more photographed than the historic Stoneman Bridge: a single, arching span faced with rough-hewn granite that provides a dramatic foreground to Half Dome, the park's most iconic natural marvel.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Owner drops price for SF Bay island

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An island offering a secluded beach, promises of great fishing and stunning views of the San Francisco skyline is up for sale - and at a discounted price.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers depart to prepare for fall election

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California state lawmakers have adjourned for their summer recess after spending months unabashedly positioning themselves to their best competitive advantage going into the fall election campaign.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Illegal weapons seized in search of Bay Point home

BAY POINT (AP) - Dozens of illegal weapons have been seized during a search of a home in an unincorporated area of Contra Costa County, authorities said.

July 09, 2012 | | State


Abandoned horses growing problem

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A growing number of horses are being abandoned by owners in San Bernardino County, an apparent lingering effect of the 2007 housing market collapse.

July 09, 2012 | | State


LA schools superintendent shakes up district

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Faced with a shocking case of a teacher accused of playing classroom sex games with children for years, Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy delivered another jolt: He removed the school's entire staff - from custodians to the principal - to smash what he called a "culture of silence."

July 09, 2012 | | State


Dueling restraining orders for council members

SAN FERNANDO (AP) - Two council members of this Los Angeles suburb who admitted to having an affair have taken out restraining orders against each other after an alleged violent spat.

July 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

• MAGNITUDE-3.9 QUAKE SHAKES LAKE COUNTY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two small earthquakes have jolted a remote area of Northern California, startling residents in Lake County.

July 09, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DA: EVIDENCE SHOWS SUSPECTED PIMP SHOT IN REVENGE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - District Attorney George Gascon says new evidence shows the parents and two men charged for killing a girl's suspected pimp acted more out of revenge than protection.

July 06, 2012 | | State


Pair of ospreys spotted at San Francisco pier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bird watchers in San Francisco are celebrating what they say is the first confirmed sighting of an osprey in the city.

July 06, 2012 | | State


Former Raiders DE Anthony Smith faces three new murder charges in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anthony Wayne Smith spent seven years as a menacing defensive end for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders whose mission was to put quarterbacks on the turf.

July 06, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Lawmakers split on medical marijuana

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Thursday rejected a medical marijuana regulation bill, a day after competing legislation preferred by local governments and law enforcement sailed unanimously through the Senate.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Wild river status for Mokelumne?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Part of a river draining the central Sierra Nevada could win new protections from a wild-and-scenic designation under a bill approved by the state Senate on Thursday, despite complaints that the action could aggravate water shortages caused by California's drought.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Army Corps: Restore Los Angeles River

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a $1 billion proposal that has received a key boost.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Scaled-down preschool advances

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plan to provide preschool programs for children in low-income families passed the state Senate on Thursday. But it represents a proposal that is far less than what its author had originally intended.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Bill would mandate paid sick time

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California employers would be required to offer paid sick time to all workers under legislation that passed the Assembly on Thursday despite objections from Republican lawmakers and business groups that labeled it a "job killer."

May 29, 2014 | | State


8 states release plan to promote clean cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Report: Car, truck crashes cost whopping $871B yearly

WASHINGTON (AP) - The economic and societal harm from motor vehicle crashes amounted to a whopping $871 billion in a single year, according to a study released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Ballot proposals: Let’s make a deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Thursday approved changes to California's century-old initiative process with a provision that allows for negotiations between the Legislature and the proponents, who could then withdraw their proposal even if they had gathered enough petition signatures.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Santa Barbara rampage shows gaps in state’s mental health law

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Elliot Rodger's murderous rampage near Santa Barbara has tragically exposed the limitations of involuntary-commitment laws that allow authorities to temporarily confine people who are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

May 29, 2014 | | State


SF offers museum site for George Lucas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee is offering George Lucas a spot on the city's scenic waterfront for the future home of the Star Wars creator's lifetime collection of art and movie memorabilia.

May 29, 2014 | | State


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